gain

A gain is an increase in something, especially something good. You gain knowledge by attending philosophy lectures and reading books.

When you gain something, you acquire it or add to what you already have. You can gain friends by joining clubs, and you can gain weight by eating ice cream every day. Gain is also a noun, which you can use to talk about what you've gained, like the health gain you get from cutting back on that ice cream. The root of gain is the Old French gaaignier, "to earn, trade, or capture."

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: gain

1
vn
obtain
the advantageous quality of being beneficial
2
vn
increase or develop
a quantity that is added
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: gain
1

v obtain

Synonyms:
derive
Types:
draw, reap
get or derive
Type of:
obtain
come into possession of

v win something through one's efforts

Gain an understanding of international finance”
Synonyms:
acquire, win
Antonyms:
lose
fail to get or obtain
Types:
cozen
cheat or trick
Type of:
acquire, get
come into the possession of something concrete or abstract

v derive a benefit from

Synonyms:
benefit, profit
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cash in on
take advantage of or capitalize on
profiteer
make an unreasonable profit, as on the sale of difficult to obtain goods
capitalise, capitalize, take advantage
draw advantages from
pyramid
enlarge one's holdings on an exchange on a continued rise by using paper profits as margin to buy additional amounts
clear, net, sack, sack up
make as a net profit
Type of:
acquire, get
come into the possession of something concrete or abstract

v obtain advantages, such as points, etc.

“The home team was gaining ground”
Synonyms:
advance, gain ground, get ahead, make headway, pull ahead, win
Antonyms:
drop off, fall back, fall behind, lose, recede
retreat
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steal
steal a base
hit, rack up, score, tally
gain points in a game
par
make a score (on a hole) equal to par
shoot
score
convert
score (a spare)
convert
complete successfully
convert
score an extra point or points after touchdown by kicking the ball through the uprights or advancing the ball into the end zone
homer
hit a home run
kick
make a goal
eagle
shoot in two strokes under par
hole up
score a hole in one
ace
score an ace against
walk
obtain a base on balls
equalise, equalize, get even
compensate; make the score equal
get, have, make
achieve a point or goal

v reach a destination, either real or abstract

Synonyms:
arrive at, attain, hit, make, reach
make
reach in time
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catch up
reach the point where one should be after a delay
scale, surmount
reach the highest point of
access, get at
reach or gain access to
bottom out
reach the low point
peak, top out
to reach the highest point; attain maximum intensity, activity
breast, summit
reach the summit (of a mountain)
top
reach or ascend the top of
make
reach in time
find
succeed in reaching; arrive at
culminate
reach the highest altitude or the meridian, of a celestial body
come through, get through
succeed in reaching a real or abstract destination after overcoming problems
ground, run aground
hit or reach the ground
come back
even the score, in sports
crest
reach a high point

n the advantageous quality of being beneficial

Synonyms:
profit
Types:
account
the quality of taking advantage
gainfulness, lucrativeness, profitability, profitableness
the quality of affording gain or benefit or profit
Type of:
advantage, vantage
the quality of having a superior or more favorable position
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v increase or develop

“the peace movement gained momentum”
Synonyms:
gather
Type of:
increase
become bigger or greater in amount

v rise in rate or price

“The stock market gained 24 points today”
Synonyms:
advance
Type of:
climb, mount, rise, wax
go up or advance

v earn on some commercial or business transaction; earn as salary or wages

Synonyms:
bring in, clear, earn, make, pull in, realise, realize, take in
make
act in a certain way so as to acquire
clear, net, sack, sack up
make as a net profit
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eke out, squeeze out
make by laborious and precarious means
profit, turn a profit
make a profit; gain money or materially
rake off
take money from an illegal transaction
bring home, take home
earn as a salary or wage
rake in, shovel in
earn large sums of money
gross
earn before taxes, expenses, etc.
bear, pay, yield
bring in
line one's pockets
make a lot of money
turn a nice dime, turn a nice dollar, turn a nice penny
make a satisfactory profit
clean up
make a big profit; often in a short period of time
clear, net
yield as a net profit
pay off
yield a profit or result
Type of:
acquire, get
come into the possession of something concrete or abstract

v increase (one's body weight)

“She gained 20 pounds when she stopped exercising”
Synonyms:
put on
Antonyms:
lose weight, melt off, reduce, slenderize, slim, slim down, thin
take off weight
Types:
fill out, flesh out, round
become round, plump, or shapely
pack on
gain (weight)
Type of:
change state, turn
undergo a transformation or a change of position or action

n a quantity that is added

“they recorded the cattle's gain in weight over a period of weeks”
Synonyms:
addition, increase
Types:
accretion
something contributing to growth or increase
Type of:
indefinite quantity
an estimated quantity

n the amount by which the revenue of a business exceeds its cost of operating

Antonyms:
loss, red, red ink
the amount by which the cost of a business exceeds its revenue
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financial gain
the amount of monetary gain
paper profit
an unrealized gain on an investment calculated by subtracting the investor's cost from the current market price
income
the financial gain (earned or unearned) accruing over a given period of time
profits, win, winnings
something won (especially money)
unearned increment
an unearned rise in the market value of property resulting from general market factors
capital gain
the amount by which the selling price of an asset exceeds the purchase price; the gain is realized when the asset is sold
Type of:
amount, amount of money, sum, sum of money
a quantity of money

n the amount of increase in signal power or voltage or current expressed as the ratio of output to input

Synonyms:
amplification
Types:
loop gain
(telecommunication) the gain of a feedback amplifier or system as a function of how much output is fed back to the input
Type of:
increase, increment
the amount by which something increases
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